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How To Be An Extra-Special Manager

Regardless of how “normal” you may regard your business and how you run it, you may have a unique set of traits that can set you apart as a manager. It may be the way you interact with others or your ability to sell anything to anyone. It may be a bit subtler than that. Bringing that little bit extra to managing a business can make a significant difference in how your company operates and how you are perceived as a manager and boss. Bringing something extra to the table can give you a hands down advantage.

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How Luck Figures Into Things

It isn’t all about an MBA, a solid investment from somewhere or how innovative you may be. Luck is a factor, and most successful business people believe that luck had something to do with their success. What’s interesting about this is that the average person in a full-time job or even in a small business puts education first and discounts luck as a factor.

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Does Your Start-up Need an Employee?

Most new small businesses begin as one person operations. At some point the question becomes, is an employee or two needed? Do You Need To Delegate? The first consideration has to be whether or not certain responsibilities have to be delegated so that you can do the things you have to do to keep things [...]

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Skills Entrepreneurs Lack

Most entrepreneurs are focused. They are goal oriented, and they are generally persuasive. These are all good qualities to have in business. It’s what they lack that is often most telling.

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A Strong Brand Means Focus

Getting a hold of exactly what your company brand is can be difficult. Most entrepreneurs are so consumed with running a business and growing that business that they lose sight of the key to consumer acceptance, which is the brand. The brand can only be one thing. It can’t be a diverse set of ideas or selling points. Avis is “Number Two”. BMW is “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. Esso puts “A Tiger In Your Tank”. One dominant thought. One compelling brand.

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How To Be A Mid-Life Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is not something that belongs to the very young. In fact, they know very little. They often succeed by total fluke. Don’t be taken in by the endless hype that permeates almost anything written about business success. Nobody has the maturity and experience of someone over 50. Take that to the bank, and while you’re there, apply for a new business loan. Do it with confidence and even bravado.

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How Small Businesses Can Make It Big

Everyone loves a great success story, and there are many stories about little companies that took off and made it very big. Apple started in a garage. It comes down to strategies that suddenly take hold.

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Are You Suited to Business?

Most people really want to be in business, regardless of how attached they are to their jobs and the regular income associated with those jobs. People have a hankering to be their own boss. It may or may not suit you.

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New Entrepreneur? What You Need To Know

Are you a new entrepreneur? Before you do anything, think about what you really want to do. If you have a dream, be sure it’s something that is realistic enough to turn into a business.

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What a Start-Up Doesn’t Need (Immediately)

Start small, then build. Too many new entrepreneurs put the emphasis on the wrong things. The big things can come later.

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Are You Appreciated as a Leader?

Do you get the recognition you think you deserve? Are you putting in endless days and weeks only to feel overlooked as a leader? Do you feel that talent you have is unappreciated? Well join the club. This is a complaint heard round the world from leaders in all kinds of businesses. There are always reasons for this.

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What is Customer Service, Really

Much is made of customer service. This is the prime factor in keeping customers and getting referrals. There are a few things that any customer needs to hear before feeling that your approach to customer service is the right approach.

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How to Build Strong Teams

Building strong, effective teams is challenge number one for most businesses. It all comes down to assembling a collection of people who can work together to deliver the most effective outcome.

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How to Assess Job Candidates

When hiring staff, rule one is to go slow. The scene is flooded with resumes, and not all resumes tell the real story.

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Quit Your Day Job?

It’s very common for people to start small businesses while working for somebody else. The big question they all face is when to quit that day job.

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How to Run Your Business From a Smartphone or Tablet

It can be done. You can effectively operate your business without using a desktop or laptop. You can run a business using a smartphone or tablet, provided you have the right apps. Apps There are hundreds of thousands of apps available on all the major platforms combined. What you have to know is which ones [...]

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What Is Intellectual Property?

We hear the term all the time, but what exactly is intellectual property. Intellectual property refers to things created in your mind – written works, songs, designs, this is all intellectual property. Things you create are your intellectual property. WIPO The World Intellectual Property Organization is a United Nations agency that promotes the development of [...]

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